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28 October 2011

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  • C4’s Allan re-jigs sales team

    Channel 4’s new sales director Jonathan Allan has restructured his team to create six new teams scrapping the previous structure.
  • 24 Oct '11

    “It was like the climax of an indulgent 70s heavy metal attack.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 25 Oct '10

    “Should social services be concerned?” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 26 Oct '11

    “Unguessable, clever and funny if not necessarily all that believable.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 27 Oct '11

    “His bulletproof status has been founded on words as lyrical as the sights they accompany.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • 28 Oct '11

    “I couldn’t help but think it would have been done better by the British.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.
  • Alan Partridge flies Down Under

    Steve Coogan’s recent revival of comedy character Alan Partridge is to be broadcast in Australia.
  • Amberfin's Devlin given SMPTE award

    The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has awarded Amberfin chief technology officer Bruce Devlin the David Sarnoff Gold Medal Award.
  • Andrew Beint, Open Mike Productions

    Balihar Khalsa speaks to Open Mike’s head of production about putting stand-up on TV and the benefits of a strong talent roster.
  • Argosy appoints Sears

    Argosy has appointed John Sears to the role of senior field sales engineer.
  • Assimilate launches online store

    Assimilate has launched an online store for the sale of its Scratch Lab workflow tool and third-party software that supports the Scratch product line.
  • Bacon admits self-censorship due to BBC concerns

    Broadcaster Richard Bacon has said he often self-censors as a result of nervousness around causing offence at the BBC.
  • Baking the co-pro cake

    As the UK animation sector faces a challenging future, Dinamo Productions reveals how they pieced together new pre-school co-pro Abadas that last night launched simultaneously on four channels and in three languages.
  • BBC "unable to agree" union demands

    The BBC has said it will be “unable to agree” to the joint unions’ “list of demands” – edging the probability of pre-Christmas strikes at the broadcaster ever closer.
  • BBC extends Wimbledon contract to 2017

    The BBC has extended its contract to cover Wimbledon for a further three years.
  • BBC local radio not "picked on", claims Boaden

    The BBC’s director of news has defended decisions to cut local radio disproportionately to other radio services, ahead of a parliamentary debate on the matter.
  • BBC local radio reach up to 17% ahead of DQF cuts

    RAJAR: BBC local radio, currently facing staff cuts of up to 20%, has reported an increase of nearly 300,000 listeners across its England network.
  • BBC receives 42 kids Bafta nods

    The BBC has scored 42 nominations for this year’s Bafta Children’s Awards - but faces stiff competition from multichannel and other terrestrials.
  • BBC S&PP transfers London film

    BBC Studios and Post Production’s Digital Media Services team has transferred more than 26 hours of London’s Screen Archives, predominantly 8mm and Super 8 film, to digital tape for online viewing.
  • BBC Trust to examine Arab Spring coverage

    The BBC Trust is embarking on a review of the corporation’s coverage of the year’s series of uprisings known as the Arab Spring.
  • BBC1's Hidden ends on low

    THURSDAY: BBC1 drama Hidden bowed out with a series low audience of less than 3.7m.
  • BBC4 to lose history and science programming

    BBC4 documentaries like Wellington Bomber, Spitfire Women and The Secret Life of the National Grid are to be a thing of the past as the channel is stripped of its history budget.
  • BBCW to make Da Vinci drama

    BBC Worldwide is to produce a new fantasy drama based around a young Leonardo Da Vinci, from the co-writer of the new Batman films.
  • BBCW to team with factual indies

    BBC Worldwide is looking to work with UK factual indies on the production of bespoke content for France and Germany.
  • Bectu accepts BBC drama pay offer

    Bectu’s freelancer members have approved the introduction of a minimum pay rate for those working on BBC Vision’s drama series and serials.
  • Bedell: X Factor criticism is ludicrous

    ITV director of entertainment Elaine Bedell has praised The X Factor’s revamped judging panel for attracting younger viewers and branded criticism of the show “ludicrous”.
  • Being Human team cast spell on witches drama

    After vampires, werewolves and ghosts, the team behind Being Human is working on a female-skewing comedy-drama about witches.
  • Ben Cooper named Radio 1 and 1Xtra boss

    Ben Cooper has been named the new controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, replacing Andy Parfitt.
  • Bingham joins Pro Motion

    Former Rent Hire business development executive Caroline Bingham has joined Pro Motion Hire in the same role.
  • C4 opens online swap shop

    Channel 4 Education is launching a fashion community website and mobile application aimed at encouraging sustainable and ethical fashion.
  • C4 orders more Fresh Meat; Beaver Falls

    Channel 4 has commissioned a second series of student comedy drama Fresh Meat midway through its first run.
  • C4 orders Steve Jobs doc

    Channel 4 has commissioned a fast-turnaround film on the life of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of technology company Apple.
  • C4 to air penultimate Fresh Meat online first

    Channel 4 is to debut the penultimate episode of Fresh Meat online after pushing it back a week to accommodate stripped drama Top Boy.
  • C4’s Place in the Sun sold to Sweden/Australia

    Foreign property show A Place in the Sun has been sold to broadcasters around the world by Electric Sky.
  • C5 lines up "surprise wedding" show

    The makers of BBC3’s Don’t Tell the Bride are developing a new “surprise wedding” format for Channel 5.
  • Canada's CBC renews Coronation Street deal

    Coronation Street will continue to air on Canadian public broadcaster CBC after securing a multi-year deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • Cineflix recruits Chris Bonney

    Cineflix Media has hired Chris Bonney, a Warner Bros and former Outright Distribution exec, as chief executive of the indie’s rights across its production, scripted and distribution divisions.
  • CiTV acquires teen music shows

    CITV has acquired the first two series of Nickelodeon live-action kids’ shows Big Time Rush and Victorious.
  • CLAC founder attacks HMRC for wasting millions

    The founder of embattled TV accountancy firm Christopher Lunn & Company (CLAC) has accused HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) of wasting millions of pounds on an investigation “without foundation”.
  • Claudia Lewis returns to Talkback

    Claudia Lewis is to return to Talkback Thames to oversee Channel 4 show Four Rooms just months after defecting to Mentorn Media.
  • Coach Trip gears up for Christmas special

    12 Yard Productions is to produce a special Christmas series of Channel 4’s Coach Trip and has hired a new boss for its Scottish division.
  • Coming alive outside the M25

    Our recent appointment of Jon Mountague to head our office in Manchester is at the forefront of our efforts to expand production, but more importantly development, outside the M25, writes DLT Entertainment boss Don Taffner Jr.
  • Cosgrove Hall resurrected

    The Bafta Award-winning animator behind Dangermouse, Wind in the Willows and Count Duckula has risen from the ashes two years after it went out of business.
  • Current TV hunts shorts via Vimeo

    Current TV is to air up to six film shorts on the channel following a competition it has kicked off via video sharing site Vimeo.
  • Death in Paradise sets sail with 5.75m

    TUESDAY: New crime drama Death in Paradise boosted BBC1’s usual audience by more than 15% on its debut - as a BBC2 doc about code-breakers beat ITV1 reality show 71 Degrees North.
  • Demographic Focus

    Explore the ratings breakdown demographically across the main terrestrial and multichannel broadcasters for 17-23 October.
  • Derren Brown's Assassin takes out 1.8m

    FRIDAY: Derren Brown conjured up his biggest audience for Channel 4 in more than a year for a show in which he hypnotised someone into becoming an assassin.
  • Digital radio tops 300m hours; analogue slides

    RAJAR: Digital radio listening has broken the 300 million hours barrier for the first time – as tuning into analogue stations continues to slide.
  • Discount on Grass Valley's Edius 6

    Grass Valley is targeting users of Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and Avid’s Media Composer with a cut-price offer for its Edius 6 software.
  • Does the Equality Act have an impact on your business?

    31% said Yes 69% said No
  • Don’t give up on the big idea

    Digital success depends on achieving cut-through, says Kate Bulkley.
  • Dragonfly hires BBC3 exec in senior rejig

    Dragonfly has poached BBC3’s head of development as part of a range of changes to the indie’s senior team.
  • E4 scores Made in Chelsea high

    MONDAY: E4’s Made in Chelsea drew its biggest audience of the current series and its second highest overnights to date.
  • E4 to reveal Body Shockers

    Comedian Tom Allen will front a clip show about the World’s Greatest Body Shockers for E4.
  • Final Spooks spies 5.1m

    SUNDAY: The final ever Spooks bowed out with a series high audience of more than 5m.
  • Foundation Scotland hosts CBBC's Ultimate Sports Day

    The Foundation Scotland is producing a children’s sports series for CBBC that will air in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Foundry launches Katana

    The Foundry has release Katana, its new look development and lighting tool.
  • Frozen Planet debuts with 6.8m

    WEDNESDAY: BBC1’s latest exploration of the natural world, with David Attenborough, broke the ice with an impressive audience on its debut.
  • Frozen Planet, BBC1

    We wanted to create the ultimate portrait of the polar regions before the warming global climate changes them forever, says Vanessa Berlowitz.
  • FX acquires Leverage

    Leverage, the US con artist drama that previously aired on Bravo and Channel One, has been picked up by FX.
  • Genius choice for Sky’s Idiot

    An Idiot Abroad had 1.1 million/4% share on Sky 1 on Friday at 9pm – and a title that made a funny tabloid headline for Wayne Rooney’s sending off in England’s recent game.
  • Genre Overview

    Browse the top ten children’s, factual, drama, entertainment, sport and current affairs programmes from 17-23 October.
  • GoPro HD Hero2

    An updated version of the mountable and wearable HD camera
  • GoPro unveils new Hero camera

    GoPro has released an updated version of its HD Hero mountable camera, along with plans for a Wi-Fi control unit.
  • Greenlight round-up: ITV stocks up new commissions

    ITV has had a busy week commissioning a raft of new programmes including a ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark-style’ game show.
  • Have you considered having a smaller desk?

    TV faces a dark future if producers don’t start paying writers promptly, says James Henry.
  • Healy joins Prime Focus Technologies

    Content services firm Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) has appointed Aine Healy to the newly created role of vice-president and head of UK.
  • High Court judge strikes out Top Gear suit

    A High Court judge has struck out a law suit against BBC2 programme Top Gear, which had been brought against it by electric car manufacturer Tesla.
  • Hit sold to Mattel for £425m

    Hit Entertainment, the kids indie behind Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine, has been sold to US toymaker Mattel for $680m (£425m).
  • IABM membership boost

    Eleven more broadcast and media technology suppliers have joined the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM).
  • Imagineer appoints Milne

    Imagineer Systems has appointed Bryan Milne to the role of vice president of sales.
  • Investigations funding "vulnerable", warns film makers

    Award winning film maker Roger Graef and former Panorama executive Roger Bolton have warned that funding for investigative journalism is “very vulnerable”, calling for a statutory obligation to be introduced.
  • Irdeto snaps up Bay TSP

    Software security company Irdeto has acquired search, discovery and anti-piracy firm Bay TSP.
  • Is ITV turning into BBC?

    Lumley and Ross shows may be more suited to rival channel but X Factor demise looks overdone.
  • Is VoD finally coming of age?

    Netflix may find it hard going in the UK, but the market is developing.
  • ITV follows up Kosher doc and tackles unusual kids

    ITV1 is to explore unusual behaviour in children for a new documentary series, and has turned Strictly Kosher – its film about a Jewish community in Manchester – into a two-part series.
  • ITV looking to sell products on-demand

    ITV looks set to integrate a retail proposition with its video-on-demand service as it hunts for an e-commerce manager with FMCG experience.
  • ITV orders ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ gameshow

    ITV1 has ordered a “Raiders of the Lost Ark-style” gameshow, set in a giant 24-room maze, that challenges contestants to memorise the answers to questions in order to escape with up to £200,000 in prize money.
  • ITV snatches French Open tennis rights from BBC

    ITV has secured the free-to-air rights to broadcast the French Open tennis tournament - previously held by the BBC for more than 20 years.
  • ITV to relaunch news website

    ITV is set to relaunch its news, sport and weather website as early as March 2012.
  • ITV1 orders Stephen Fry drama

    Stephen Fry’s indie is to make the first Ian Rankin thriller to air on ITV1 since Rebus more than four years ago.
  • Kiwi RWC victory scores 6.6m

    SUNDAY: More than half the viewing population watched New Zealand clinch the Rugby World Cup.
  • Leopard lines up Matthew Bourne and da Vinci specials

    Leopard Films is producing a Channel 4 doc about choreographer / director Matthew Bourne and has been drafted in to co-produce a Sky Arts live special on artist Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Merlin conjures up 1.5m boost

    BBC1 fantasy drama Merlin has been growing its audience in the face of stiff competition – a figure boosted by more than 1.5m recording and watching through PVRs.
  • Motive Television raises £1m

    Motive Television has raised just over £1m through a share placing.
  • MPs attack BBC over local radio

    The BBC was attacked by 50 MPs in the House of Commons this morning, over its planned cuts to local radio.
  • Netflix to hit UK in early 2012

    Subscription video-on-demand service Netflix, which has 25 million members across the US, Canada and Latin America, will launch in the UK and Ireland early next year.
  • Nutopia series is Bellamy’s Discovery prototype

    Julian Bellamy is launching Discovery Networks International’s “globalised TV” strategy with its biggest commission to date – a five-hour, multi-million pound series on the world’s greatest inventions.
  • Ofcom clears Sri Lanka's Killing Fields doc

    C4 head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne has hailed ITN Production’s journalism and the broadcaster’s “meticulous legal and compliance scrutiny” after Ofcom rejected almost 120 complaints about Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields.
  • Ofcom rejects Sheridan privacy complaints

    Ofcom has rejected two privacy complaints launched by former Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan and his wife Gail.
  • Off Cuts: Emma’s career break

    Good luck to Emma Tennant, who is finally hobbling around Hammersmith after her start at UKTV was delayed by three weeks by a broken foot sustained on a cruise. We’d say break a leg, but perhaps that’s not the best idea.
  • Pan Am / Misfits / Threesome

    Zodiak’s Darren Asamoa and the BBC’s Lexi Elven on cabin crew, teen heroes and trio trouble
  • Paula Kerger, PBS

    As US broadcaster PBS prepares to launch its first UK channel, Alex Farber talks to president Paula Kerger, while channel head Richard Kingsbury describes the task of setting up from scratch.
  • Persons Unknown, NBC (US)

    Broadcast shines the spotlight on a US mystery drama coming soon to Syfy UK.
  • Platform buys Forbidden cloud

    Platform Post has invested in Forbidden’s cloud-based logging and editing system and Root6’s Content Agent as part of an overhaul of its tapeless workflow.
  • Radio 1 hits record high as Moyles drops 275k

    RAJAR: Radio 1 breakfast DJ Chris Moyles has lost more than 275,000 listeners despite the BBC youth station racking up its biggest audience since 1999.
  • Rajar round-up (Q3 2011)

    Broadcast’s round-up of the latest radio audience figures, including at-a-glance tables for the biggest stations, shows and digital listening numbers.
  • RDF to refashion History salvage series for ITV1

    RDF TV West is producing two versions of a documentary series about salvage reclamation for UK broadcast.
  • S4C secures funding to 2017

    S4C has secured funding security up to 2017, when the BBC will renew its Charter, safeguarding the Welsh broadcaster for a further two years.
  • Shine boosts digital strategy with exec hiring

    Shine Group has appointed a digital consultant to the newly-created role of chief technology officer as it moves to enhance its digital offering.
  • Skillset reveals radio gender imbalance

    Women working in radio are significantly under-represented at senior levels, particularly as they get older, according to a report produced by training body Skillset.
  • Sky Go passes 100m views

    Sky Go has served more than 100 million content views since it launched in July, with the average number per month approaching that achieved by Channel 4’s 4oD.
  • Sky's Darroch paid £2.7m as profits hit £1bn

    Sky’s chief executive officer Jeremy Darroch is on track to take home a basic salary of £935,000 next year, having earned £2.7m including bonuses this year.
  • Syfy identifies Persons Unknown

    Syfy has acquired the exclusive UK TV rights to Persons Unknown, a mystery miniseries from the writer of The Usual Suspects.
  • Target founder steps down

    Alison Rayson is to step down as chief executive of Target Entertainment, the distribution business she founded in 1998, and has appointed a new managing director to take the reins.
  • Teens favour mobile/internet over TV

    Teens would miss their phones and the internet more than television, a new Ofcom report has revealed.
  • Thai floods bring threat of hard drive shortages

    Suppliers of hard drives have warned of escalating prices and possible shortages following Thailand’s worst floods in five decades.
  • The Slap doubles BBC4's audience

    THURSDAY: BBC4’s premiere of Australian drama The Slap more than doubled the channel’s audience for the slot.
  • This Morning rapped over Amanda Holden promotion

    ITV1’s This Morning has been rapped for allowing Amanda Holden to plug her association with a WH Smith legal aid campaign.
  • Top 100 network programmes

    Find out who topped the ratings league table for network programming from 17-23 October and browse the top 100
  • Top 30 BBC2, Channel 4, Channel 5

    Find out the top 30 programmes on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 from 17-23 October as well as the performance of all the terrestrials across week 42.
  • Top 30 multichannel programmes

    Find out the top 30 multichannel programmes for 17-23 October as well as the share of viewing across digital homes.
  • True Vision wins Poor Kids spin offs

    True Vision has won a string of spin-off developments and commissions from its critically acclaimed BBC1 film Poor Kids.
  • Twofour counts down Tweets of the Year for ITV2

    ITV2 has commissioned a 90-minute special looking at the impact of Twitter news stories throughout 2011.
  • Unions ballot BBC staff over festive strikes

    The BBC is facing strikes on some of its biggest programmes of the year, including Strictly Come Dancing, with the joint unions balloting its members over action in the run up to Christmas.
  • Utd drubbing boosts MOTD2

    Big numbers for Match of the Day 2: 4 million/22% share on Sunday night at 10pm, compared with last week’s 2.3 million/12% share.
  • Vera producer to help aspiring writers

    Northern Film & Media is to give aspiring writers the chance to attend a workshop with the producer of ITV1 drama Vera.
  • Virgin Media: Tivo attracts 75,000 new subs

    Virgin Media has netted 222,000 subscribers to its connected TV service Tivo - with a third of them new to the cable TV operator.
  • Walking Dead gets third series

    US zombie drama The Walking Dead, which last week returned to FX in the UK, has been picked up for a third series.
  • Walking Dead rises with 290k

    FRIDAY: US zombie drama The Walking Dead returned to FX with its best overnights to date.
  • Watch starts Party with 110k

    TUESDAY: Watch’s new series about eccentric parties, from the makers of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, kicked off with more than 100,000 viewers.
  • What north-west skills gap?

    The north-west of England has more than enough television skills and production talent to cope with its current media boom and the expansion of BBC North, writes Will Strauss.
  • Wingspan visits corridors of power for Sky Atlantic

    Former British ambassador to the US Sir Christopher Meyer is to front a documentary series for Sky Atlantic exploring the relationship between cities including London, Moscow and Mumbai.
  • X Factor down 2.5m on 2010

    SATURDAY: A special rock themed night and in-fighting between the judges could not help revive The X Factor’s ratings - as Strictly Come Dancing closed the gap on the ITV1 show.
  • X Factor producers sidestep Rhythmix legal battle

    The X Factor producers have avoided a potentially damaging legal battle after one of this year’s acts agreed to change its name at the request of a charity.
  • X Factor USA to introduce Twitter voting

    The X Factor USA is to offer viewers the ability to vote for their favourite contestants via Twitter when the knockout stage begins on 2 November.
  • Young Apprentice hires 4m

    MONDAY: The new series of BBC1’s The Apprentice spin-off with young people failed to win over a big audience.
  • Youview marketing/PR team made redundant

    Youview is to lose its PR and marketing team, including marketing director Tim Hunt, after opting to make the entire division redundant.